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Assembly passes bill allowing Ducks to go farther

Published On: May 07 2013 05:13:02 PM CDT   Updated On: May 07 2013 05:13:38 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

The military-style amphibious vehicle known as the Wisconsin Duck would be able to travel even farther on land under a bill passed by the state Assembly.

The measure approved Tuesday would allow the vehicles popular with tourists in Wisconsin Dells to travel up to five miles on land instead of just two before they would have to be registered as a vehicle and not a boat.

The vehicles have wheels and can operate on land but are shaped more like a boat and also float on water. They can carry up to 10 passengers and have been popular with sightseeing tourists for years.

Bill sponsor Rep. Joan Ballweg, a Republican from Markesan, says as the Dells continues to expand, the Ducks need to travel farther.

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